Newcastle United legend Rob Lee makes Mike Ashley prediction

Newcastle United legend Rob Lee fears for the future of his former club while Mike Ashley remains in control.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 7:45 pm
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 7:46 pm
Former Newcastle players Peter Beardsley and Rob Lee talk prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James' Park on January 6, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Former Newcastle players Peter Beardsley and Rob Lee talk prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James' Park on January 6, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Ashley is locked in a legal battle to sell the football club to the PCP Consortium, consisting of PCP Capital Partners, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and Reuben Brothers.

But until new owners arrive, Lee thinks Premier League struggles will be par for the course on Tyneside.

"We should not be in this position,” said Lee, who was part of the Newcastle United punditry team for BT Sport.

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“Steve Bruce should take some of the criticism for that. I do think we will be OK this season.”

However, Lee thinks until Ashley walks, United will remain in this underachieving predicament.

“We have got an owner who does not want to be here,” he said.

"You look around this stadium and although there are no fans in, you know we should not be in this position.

“Until something happens along those lines, nothing will change.”